To the editor,
It has come to my attention that certain individuals are stating that I am the President of the Westchester Planning Commission. Such is not the case. Cheryl Lewy, former Mayor of Scarsdale is the Chair of that Commission—a commission that works with the County Board of Legislators and the County Executive in making and carrying out planning policy. I take this attempt at misinformation seriously because those making it imply that, as a member of this commission, I have been instrumental in setting Affordable Housing goals for municipalities in the County. Be clear that I am not on the County Planning Commission and I have no policy-making role in County government in any capacity.
I am, however, the President of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF), an organization of member municipalities. WMPF does not create policy; rather the mission of the federation is:
“To create an effective and permanent countywide organization for the exchange of information on matters of planning interest.”
The Federation offers training programs for municipal planning and zoning board members and conducts programs and an annual Training Institute on topical planning issues. The Federation also conducts an annual awards programs to recognize the accomplishments of municipalities and residents who have made significant contributions to planning in Westchester County. Additionally, the Federation offers an annual scholarship for a planning student with Westchester connections.
There seems to be a motivation in spreading this fabrication, which is to stir up a negative reaction to my candidacy based on a misrepresenting the board on which I serve. Beware of literature or messages you may receive which misrepresents the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation or me.
— Ann Gallelli